jspitfire
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What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 5:28 am

My question is a bit hard to explain, but here it goes.

I have noticed by looking through the database that there are different "types" of spotters and photographers. Some take pictures only of the major airlines at the big International airports. Others, like myself, are more focused on smaller planes at quieter airports. Others take pictures of mostly helicopters or seaplanes or military aircraft. There are many different types or styles of photography in the database.

I like going to smaller airports for many reasons. I am able to get airside access at most of them, and therefore I can get right up close to the aircraft, which also helps because I do not have a zoom lens for my camera yet. For me I like to be able to take a walk around the aircraft, see it from every angle. I also like how most of my pictures are of aircraft that are new to the database, instead of big airliners that have already been photographed a couple dozen times.


So my question is, what type of photographer are you?

Do you photograph big planes? Small ones? Helicopters? Seaplanes? Military? Something else?
What kind of airports do you like best?
Why do you like that kind of photography?

Share you're thoughts, and feel free to add other categories, and a link to some of you're pics in the database so we can compare.

Here's my pics:

http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...Jason%20Pineau&distinct_entry=true

Jason
 
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:08 am

Quoting Jspitfire (Thread starter):
Do you photograph big planes? Small ones? Helicopters? Seaplanes? Military? Something else?

Basically, whatever I can get! I'd prefer military and warbirds but specialisation isn't a luxury that's available to me.
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AmericanAirFan
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:23 am

I enjoy it all mostly the airliners and corporate jets but I do GA spotting as well.
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norfolkjohn
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:32 am

In terms of subject matter I'll photograph just about anything that flies and can carry a man (or woman). Personal favorites are aircraft that have either large Piston engines or (at the opposite end of the scale) afterburners.

As to locations I'll shoot where ever I can get reasonably good (and legal) access. In the UK about the only places I don't go regularly are the big airports operated by the British Airports Authority !
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:12 am

I'm a non-aviation photographer for the past eight or so years, and just in the past year started to get into aviation photography. I shoot whatever I can get to or have time for, but mainly larger airports (mostly EWR), because of amount of aircraft and diversity of aircraft. It's not like I have the time or money to go anywhere further, although JFK and PHL are not out of the question.

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ghostbase
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:47 am

I love and specialise in what are often termed as 'wrecks and relics' ie aircraft that are long past their prime and in a museum, on a gate, or in storage awaiting their final fate. Heaven to me is the military AMARC facility near Tucson AZ or old airliners awaiting the cutters torch at Kingman AZ. My fave places in the UK must be Yeovilton's Cobham Hall restoration facility as well as the Science Museum's Large Object Store at Wroughton; both of these are open just a few days per year which makes their treasures even more desirable!


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Got to be more interesting than turning up at AMS or LHR day after day photographing exactly the same planes again and again  Wink

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APFPilot1985
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:57 am

If it has wings I will photograph it. I have been spotting with people before who grump over a 757 of AA's at Miami because there are a ton of them, or those who flat out refuse to shoot ATR's or other non jet A/C. I just smile and click 10 more shots of the 20th 757 I have seen that day... makes pre screening a pain but I just enjoy it. The atr is also one of my favorite to shoot, the props and the profile of the fuselage is just awesome.

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AndersNilsson
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:04 am

I photograph airliners, bizjets and military aircraft. I am a fleet collector, that is, I try to photograph the whole fleet of an airline. I used to take rampshots at my local regional airport on a daily basis. Large international airports with plenty of widebody aircraft makes me happy.

My photos at a.net: http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...ders%20Nilsson&distinct_entry=true

Anders

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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:10 am

Although I prefer the high speed military action at airshows and basic visits to the bases, I also love shooting Bizjets, Airliners and some Warbirds.

Air to Air photography is a blast. Looking forward to my first Warbird shoot in the air. Hopefully this year.

I also enjoy going to the smaller airports. Pretty much the only suitable airports for photography near me are small, SDM and SEE.

So, as you can see, I am pretty versatile, it's not hard to please me.

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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:48 am

I'm totally not fussed. If it flyies, I'll photograph it.

At my airport we get everything from commercial 717/A320/737 right down to Jabiru/Skyfox's. We often get visits from Miltary aircraft, many bizjets call in from time to time also.

My pics: http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...Martin%20Eadie&distinct_entry=true

But my favourite thing, as mentioned above, is air-to-air. I just love it. I get a few chances at doing it. The club that I'm involved in are always doing formation flying so when they do, I often get asked to tag along to snap away.

Basically I'm pleased if its anything to do with aviation! Plane and simple!!
 
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:00 am

Just like the threadstarter, I enjoy smaller airports witth lots of planes that are not already taking up a few pages of a.net, and I do like to see them from different angles, too.

However, I do enjoy the major airlines, too, as I really like their planes. The only thing that I have no fascination for are military aircraft. I will take a picture of a USAF Shorts or RBDF King Air, but a fighter jet.... no thanks. (No need to do it now, plenty people have already called me weird.)
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:38 am

I'm a "journalistic" photographer. I like to tell a story with my photos. I don't even bother to get my camera out unless I can get a unique shot, legally or illegally.  Wink







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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:43 am

Anything, Anywhere, Anytime!

The only thing that has slowed me down lately is our kids and an interstate move! I've always loved aviation and photography and don't see that changing anytime soon.

Once upon a time way back when my shots use to be predictable, nowadays I try to keep them anything but predictable.

http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...Craig%20Murray&distinct_entry=true
 
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:38 pm

I am the "type" of photographer who does not care about the aircraft....

Sounds weird, but for me, it's all about the motive.
I have the belief that every aircraft ( well, maybe Hawker 800's not  Wink ) can look good under the right conditions from the right angle, so for me that's what it's all about.

I don't care how much different reg numbers I see on a day, I don't care how many pictures of a day I can get uploaded here. I only want these photos that seem right to me. Nice motive, good colors. The stuff I like personally.

I'd have about 2000 photos I could upload to Anette just for the sake of it, yet I am still at about 270. I don't care about these numbers.

Happy hunting!  Smile

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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:47 pm

Photograph it all, there is really no excuse to not do so with digital.
As sure as anything, the day will come when you regret not having done so, ESPECIALLY THE MUNDANE.
You don't have to upload it all, but at least record it. I did plenty all those years ago, but nothing like enough

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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:07 pm

Quoting Jspitfire (Thread starter):
Some take pictures only of the major airlines at the big International airports. Others, like myself, are more focused on smaller planes at quieter airports

Many don't have that luxury. To get any action at all I've only one airport available and that a major one.
There's some GA fields that see more than one aircraft movement an hour, but that's it.

Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 1):
Basically, whatever I can get! I'd prefer military and warbirds but specialisation isn't a luxury that's available to me.

Same here.

But then I don't do much aviation shooting any more. I now do mostly landscapes and nature work.
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:08 pm

well,i am not a typical spotter.i am just fascinated by airplanes and airports in general.i just looking for nice motives,not to have every a/c of an airline or each registration on a.net.as i am based in MUC, most of my pics are from MUC,but due to our variety of airports in europe,i have many pics from different airports.the good thing is that i don't have to travel there to make pictures,i travel on duty and can combine this with my hobby.that is just great.as i know some people from apron and towercontroll as well some of the airport authority in MUC, i am able to make some shots from the tower or to participate on a runwaycheck.that is really fun...

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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:11 pm

Generally speaking i'm a bad one.....

But I havent got much on offer here in Northern Ireland. UK mainland gives me more shooting opportunites and i havent yet tried airshows which i'd love to try this year. I'm like most of you, I'll shoot anything that flies but its mostly airliners.

Regards
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 2:24 am

I'd have to say these two comments say it all, for me anyway.

Quoting Eadster (Reply 9):
I'm totally not fussed. If it flyies, I'll photograph it.

And

Quoting Dendrobatid (Reply 14):
.... the day will come when you regret not having done so, ESPECIALLY THE MUNDANE. You don't have to upload it all, but at least record it. I did plenty all those years ago, but nothing like enough.

How true that last line is......! It can never be enough.
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:57 am

I'm with most that replied and photograph everything that flies.

I prefer the so called "side shot" but when this isn't possible i just try to get the subject in the frame.

I upload most pics into my "album" on myaviation.net and if i'm convinced i have a good photo, i upload that photo onto A.Net and hope the screeners agree (most times they don't).

I'm no "hunter", so i don't drive all over Europe, just to get that one aircraft.
I leave it up to chance....  Wink

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jspitfire
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:57 am

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 15):
Many don't have that luxury. To get any action at all I've only one airport available and that a major one.
There's some GA fields that see more than one aircraft movement an hour, but that's it.

I'm not one to go out and sit at the airport all day and take pictures. I am out at the airport 4 or 5 times a week for my flight training. It's a large airport, but very quiet. I will usually take my camera, and just leave it in my car, and most days there will be nothing of interest to photograph. But when a nice business jet or something does come in, I can snap a picture of it.

Jason
 
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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:32 am

Quoting Jspitfire (Thread starter):
So my question is, what type of photographer are you?

A shit one!

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RE: What "type" Of Photographer Are You?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:27 pm

Quoting Dendrobatid (Reply 14):
Photograph it all, there is really no excuse to not do so with digital.
As sure as anything, the day will come when you regret not having done so, ESPECIALLY THE MUNDANE.
You don't have to upload it all, but at least record it. I did plenty all those years ago, but nothing like enough

What Mick said. I missed thousands of opportunities to picture mundane, boring aircraft because I was always looking for the unusual. Now, I regret my omission. One day, all these BA 319's, Euromanx Dash 8's, and what have you, will be gone. And this time I'll have pictures of them! Big grin

My wife despairs of me, wanting to take pictures everywhere I go. However, I try and grab whatever I can, wherever I can (The Isle of Man not being inundated with variety!)

So, stuff the kids inheritance, I'm spending it taking pictures of anything that flies, did fly, would fly if it could or is in the last throws of flight!

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